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Finding the Perfect Father’s Day Gift

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Father’s Day is coming up soon, which probably means if you haven’t already picked out a gift, now’s a good time as ever to start shopping! Just like Mother’s Day, it can be tough to pick out the perfect gift for Dad, which is where we come in. You can opt for the usual gifts like tool sets, funny ties and even the stand-by “World’s Best Dad” coffee mug, but if you’re looking to explore other options, we have a few ideas of our own that you can consider. Patio Coolers If you dad is a fan of spending most of his days in the backyard with friends and family, consider upgrading his drink cooler with a standup wooden cooler. If you’re the type of person who doesn’t mind a DIY project, there are plenty of easy to follow plans online that show you step-by-step how to take your already existing cooler and give it a facelift with some planks of wood and a bit of elbow grease. Outdoor Theatre Is Dad a movie buff? Or perhaps he enjoys playing video games up on the big screen? If that’s the case, consider giving your dad the gift of an outdoor…

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Benefits of Living in a 55+ Active Adult Community

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If we talked about living in a retirement community a few years back, it likely had quite a negative connotation. Often it is misconstrued as an assisted facility or nursing home. In fact, many older adults prefer moving into a retirement or 55+ active adult community for a variety of reasons, such as downsizing to a smaller home or live a desire to live a more maintenance-free life. Let’s look at a few benefits of living in an active adult community and help clear a few misconceptions. Active Living and Socializing One of the top benefits of living in a retirement home is having a sense of community where you can socialize with your peers and make new friends. Most active adult communities place an emphasis on creating a schedule for residents by offering cooking classes, board games, community picnics, and fitness centers that cater to their age. Trouble-Free Living With age, some things can get difficult to manage. It can include a variety of things like landscaping and regular maintenance in and around the home. Living in an active adult community will provide most if not all of these features, and much more. Location and Floor Plans Most active…

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#DreamyKitchens

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Kitchens are the heart and soul of today’s homes. They can serve as entertainment areas for your friends during a party or a family gathering spot in the evenings, so it only makes sense if they are created with as much style and efficacy. Here are some different styles of kitchens where you can enjoy cooking good food. Chic and Trendy One of the most sought after styles today is a kitchen with an open layout that makes it easily accessible while giving a spacious feel to your home. Keeping the style quotient in mind, an island lends an appealing look to the kitchen and acts as a centerpiece for people hanging out and keeping the host/chef as part of the conversation. Sensor activated lights, faucets, beautiful backsplashes and neutral colored walls give us the choice to play with colors in other aspects. Adding comfortable areas in the kitchen like a breakfast nook or bar stools to the island help in creating an inviting space. Cottage Charm Antique lights, farm sink, glass cabinets; all these features exude a charming appeal to a cottage kitchen. A warm cozy kitchen with wooden floors and white walls add a rustic aesthetic to the…

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Creating An Efficient At-Home Workspace

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Working from home has a lot of benefits, such as the flexibility of time and saving fuel, working in your pajamas. However, it might get boring over time and if your workspace is too casual, it can hamper your productivity. Let’s look at a few ways we can create an organized and work-friendly space at home. Location, Location, Location Find a location in your home that offers natural light and is conducive to your devices like your desktop or fax machine, printer, etc. Keep in mind that your space should provide enough privacy and quiet so that you can work uninterrupted and attend to any meetings without any disruption. Storage, Lighting, and Color If your home office offers little in the way of lighting, a lamp is the easiest way to remedy this issue. Additionally, having a small cabinet to keep your files and documents from scattering will help keep your desk clean and organized. Color can also affect productivity, so consider painting your walls a soothing color that will keep you calm even when you’re under tight deadlines. Ergonomics and Technology To avoid long-term back issues and headaches, it’s important to invest in a chair that offers back support….

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Finding the Right REALTOR®

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If you just made the decision to a buy a home—congratulations! Whether you are a first-time buyer or thinking about up or downsizing, it’s important to find a qualified and experienced REALTOR® who can help streamline the home buying process. But where to begin? Here are a few things to keep in mind when finding the right REALTOR® for your next home purchase. Licensing Makes a Difference Did you know that titles make a difference? For instance, “agent” and “REALTOR®” don’t have the same meaning. An agent is defined as a person who has taken hundreds of hours of real estate courses and has passed the state exams to earn a real estate license to sell real property. A REALTOR® is a real estate agent or broker who holds membership with the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and adheres to a specific code of ethics. Is one better than the other? Not necessarily as it’s up to personal preference on who you choose to work with. Just make sure to do your research first. Testimonials and Referrals Part of your research should include reading client testimonials and reviews. If it’s possible, try reaching out to previous clients via social media…

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Prepping for Your Memorial Day Barbeque

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Memorial Day usually serves as the unofficial nod of the summer season, which means endless summer days spent at the beach or lake, lazy days by the pool, and weekends spent enjoying backyard barbeques. It’s easy to just show up to someone else’s barbeque, but why let them have all the fun when you can easily throw a casual barbeque in the comforts of your own backyard? If you’re planning on throwing a bash at the start of summer, be sure to keep these tips in mind to ensure you and your guests will have a great time. Keep Walkways Clear   Before you host your get together, it’s a good idea to mow and trim the edges of your lawn, clear any weeds from walkways, and prune the hedges. For the sake of safety, you want to keep anyone from tripping or getting hurt at your party! Plan ahead and landscape your yard so that it’s free of any unsightly weeds, rake up fallen leaves, repair crumbling surfaces, and add lights to walkways in dimly lit areas. Shady Spots Chances are you’ll likely host your backyard barbeque on a bright and sunny day, so think ahead and make sure…

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The Benefits of Being a Real Estate Agent

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Just like any other career, being a real estate agent has its own set of unique benefits. If you are someone who does not like the corporate ladder and the monotony of a 9 to 5 job, then being a REALTOR® might be a good way to start your own business. All you need to start your business as a real estate agent is a license and the exam fee. Let’s check out a few of the many benefits on why it’s a good idea to invest in a career as a real estate professional. Be Your Own Boss Being a real estate agent may be one of the best things you can do if you don’t like answering to someone. You are essentially working for yourself, setting your own hours, creating your own client base, and marketing your own brand as a REALTOR®. Work On Your Own Time You don’t have to report to work at eight in the morning or work late hours. You can schedule listings at your own convenience as well and don’t have to worry about missing out on important moments with your family. Get Rewarded for Hard Work Your money is not based on your hourly…

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How to Design a Stylish and Kid-Friendly Home

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Designing your home can be a creative and fun process, but add kids into the mix and the situation becomes quite interesting. You want your home to be kid-friendly, but at the same time, you don’t want it to look like a daycare. With these tips, you can ensure your home is both kid-friendly and stylish. Add Color to Your Decor You probably favor the pearl finishes and silken upholstery, but it will be a good idea to hold on to that thought for a few years and switch it up by adding some color. Add a colorful rug in your living room as that is an area that experiences quite a bit of foot traffic. To avoid any spill stains, a dark colored rug would be more conducive, or you can forgo carpeting altogether and opt for hardwood floors. The Play Area To give your kids space they need to play (and for you to keep an eye on them), it’s a good idea to create a play area next to the living room rather than in the nursery or bedrooms. Keep your child’s toys and treasures organized and out of the way once she’s finished playing by utilizing…

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas She’ll Love

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Mother’s Day is right around the corner, which means it’s probably a good idea to not wait until the last minute to buy her a meaningful gift. But what should you get the woman who probably tells you she doesn’t need anything other than your love on this special day? More flowers, chocolates, a nice card? As gracious as your mother may be, she may not want the usual go-to gifts (though what mom can say no to jewelry). We have a few ideas on what mom may like and if you do decide to go with one of these ideas, don’t forget to include the Mother’s Day card and flowers! Home Décor If your mom loves to decorate her home according to the seasons or latest trends, take stock in her decorative style and buy her a classic decorative centerpiece of work of art that will complement your mother’s home and style. Coffee table books, vases, decorative votive candles, and even photographs framed in elegant picture frames are a few ideas. Be sure to consider your mother’s aesthetic and theme; your gift should complement her style. Pick Up Your Room (and the Rest of the House) How many times…

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Hosting a Family-Friendly Cinco de Mayo Get Together

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Cinco de Mayo is a popular mid-year holiday that a lot of people enjoy celebrating, especially when there are food and drinks involved. If you’re planning on having a get together at your home, add to the festivities by including some great easy-to-do meals and drinks, creating fun props and photo backdrops for your photo booth, and even including some fun décor to go from siesta to fiesta! Taco Stations and Drink Bars No Cinco de Mayo get together would be complete without a taco station! Everyone loves tacos, and having a simple station where your guests can make their own tacos will be a definite hit for everyone. You can also include easy to make to-go cups of seven-layer dip, bean dip, or everyone’s favorite, nacho cheese! Add a bit of color and fruit to your food bar by adding cups of sliced mango dashed with a bit of chili pepper seasoning. Having a refreshments table nearby is a good idea, and if you plan on having little ones at your fiesta, consider having refreshing soft drinks like Jarritos and Goya, horchata, and agua fresca on hand. Fruit smoothies are also a hit for kids and grownups alike! If…

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